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Voices for justice. A program for aid advocates.

1-4 December 2018. Canberra. Micah Australia is hosting a four-day training program in Canberra 1-4 December 2018 for people committed to working for improved justice in the world. The program includes two days of training and workshops with leading speakers, and a final two days lobbying politicians in Parliament House. The program is hosted by […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Global poverty | Read More »

Pope Francis challenges economics, poverty, & globalisation.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has been relentless in his critique, indeed denunciation, of abuses in the international economy which are responsible for the Global Financial Crisis and its continuing unresolved consequences, especially growing inequality which he sees in Italy and much of Europe, destabilising governments and encouraging extreme nationalist movements. He blames growing inequality and […]

June 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Why microfinance as aid isn’t enough to empower women.

Why microfinance as aid isn’t enough to empower women.

Sara Niner Monash University Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part of Australian, American and other aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and the aim is not only to alleviate poverty, but to empower women. But simply improving a woman’s economic […]

June 1st, 2018 | Posted in Global poverty | Read More »

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Bruce Duncan. The Vatican has launched a stringent critique of widespread abuses in global economies, which are driving astonishing degrees of inequality, threatening ecological sustainability, and unleashing powerful reactionary political forces in response, as seen in parts of Europe and elsewhere. The issues are keenly pertinent in Australia, as we see in the Australian Royal […]

May 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

The budget & aid.

The budget & aid.

Tim Costello. The Coalition Government’s fifth budget last week was carefully calibrated to offer just enough to a discontented electorate to restart the political contest ahead of the poll expected early next year.  Yet again Australia’s battered aid program took a hit, this time in the form of a multi-year cut, combined with an extended […]

May 16th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Yunus & his Triple Zero future.

Reviewed by Gary Harkin, In the opening lines of his new book, A World of Three Zeroes, Muhammad Yunus reminds the reader that, in 2010, Oxfam reported that ‘the world’s richest 388 people owned more wealth than the entire bottom half of the world population (3.3 billion human beings)’. Yunus then updates us with the […]

April 26th, 2018 | Posted in Book Reviews,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson. The decision on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the UN to endorse, support and promote a global program to eradicate world poverty was nothing short of momentous. The 17 goals with their respective targets and indicators were laid out in the document Transforming Our World: the 2030 […]

March 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

In Chile and Peru, Pope Francis sharpens Gospel imperative of justice and fairness for all.

In Chile and Peru, Pope Francis sharpens Gospel imperative of justice and fairness for all.

Rowan Ireland. Pope Francis’s speeches and homilies during his visits to Chile and Peru during 15-22 January 2018 make for stirring reading. As we’ve come to expect, he addressed global issues of social justice and the mission of the Church, with vivid, sometimes startling, reference to local realities. In both countries, his overall theme was […]

March 7th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Carol Richards. Queensland University of Technology The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity – an extraordinary figure given up to 40% of edible, but cosmetically imperfect, food is discarded before it reaches the market. The survey […]

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

In June 1975, the Victorian Society of St Vincent de Paul’s first soup van, a humble old Ford Transit wagon with doors which flew open when they took a corner, started offering friendship and food  to the homeless men, at that time mainly affected by alcohol abuse. It was initiated by a group of young […]

November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »